Sunday, April 17, 2016

Book Review: This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets

A new favorite hobby of mine is getting Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of books and reviewing them. I love reading and have found that reviewing books helps me internalize what I have read. Reviewing books also helps me get over a "book hangover". In my mind, once I've written the review, there is this documentation of how the book affected me, and this allows me to move on and fall in love with a new book.

I recently joined the "Early Reviews" group on "LibraryThing" to increase my collection of ARCs. I've received a couple e-books, but this month was the first time I was selected to receive a physical book. Enter This Too Shall Pass . . .

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Experiments with Peeps

In honor of Easter and the abundance of Easter-themed candy inhabiting my kitchen, I decided to get a little creative! Hence, the following "food experiments". Feel free to try these on your own and report back on your findings!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review: The School of Essential Ingredients a.k.a. My Blind Date with A Book

The moment I stumbled upon the notion of going on a blind date with a book, I knew I wanted to make it happen. Full disclosure: I am on the programming committee for a local library, so there was a reasonable chance I could achieve this goal. Obviously, given the title of this post, you can deduce that I did indeed achieve my goal; it wasn't a hard sell.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bar Review: The Lockhart

Three things happened: 
  1. I read about a Harry Potter themed bar in Toronto on the internet.
  2. My best friend had a birthday in the middle of winter.
  3. JetBlue had a killer winter sale on flights.
These three things happening led to me visiting Toronto to go to "The Lockhart" in the middle of January. I suppose a fourth thing happened, and that is there was a freak "heatwave" the weekend of my trip, and we got enjoy spring-like weather despite being well north of the equator in winter. Find my thoughts and some pics after the page break!

Recipe: Sort-of-African Peanut Stew

I don't remember how the discussion got started, but at some point, my supervisor started telling me about her favorite soup. She had me at "peanut soup", but then said it had sweet potato and coconut milk in it and all these yummy things! I immediately demanded the recipe, and she kindly provided it. The original recipe can be found HERE. It originally used turkey, but other than that, my recipe follows basically the same proportions for everything else. I substituted pork in my recipe because I had some delicious ground pork from the local pork CSA I had bought a couple months ago. Find the recipe after the page break!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Trying out my Nomiku: Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin!

Ever since I read THIS article, in which HervĂ© This convinced me that the only way to properly cook a hard boiled egg is at 65°C, I have been trying to find an affordable immersion circulator to maintain temperatures in water over long periods of time. I used to work in a lab, so I initially started my search looking at lab equipment. I look into buying heated stirring plates and water baths, but they mostly made the $400 price tag of a Sous Vide Supreme look cheap. A few months ago, a friend told me about this Kickstarter project for the Nomiku. Now, it isn't a cheap option by any means, but it's $199 price tag is somewhat easier to swallow than the other options on the market. I gave in and bought one because it was the cheapest option I'd seen, and I'd been looking for years. I finally gave it a test run this weekend!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Read Harder Challenge 2016

Last year I endeavored to read 100 books. Not only did I reach that goal, but I surpassed it by reading a total of 131 books. For 2016, I'm taking things a little easier. I'm not giving up on having any reading goals, but instead I'm choosing to participate in a reading challenge. Meet the The 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge!